New Local Handyman Business With A Twist
Posted in the Groton Forum
#1 May 3, 2012
New website in Central MA strives to stimulate the economy one task at a time.
Odd Jobs and Such, www.oddjobsandsuch.com connects people who need tasks done with people who want to complete them. It is a win-win for everyone. People who are looking to make a little extra cash can bid on the jobs posted by the people who need them done. Job posters can pick from a variety of bids to get the job done fast and inexpensively.
What types of jobs are we talking about? Anything from doing laundry, fixing a computer, repairing a broken railing, replacing a light fixture, baking a couple dozen cookies, assembling your childs swing set just about anything you can think of. What does it cost? Membership is free. The cost of the job depends on what amount job bidders are willing to do it for. The cost to place an ad is less than $3.00.
The site launched on February 3 and already has over 80 users from the Central MA area both placing ads and bidding on them.
What makes this site different from Craigslist and other classified sites is the sense of community. It truly is made up of friends and neighbors. Members police each other for inappropriate ads or misconduct and can flag posts for removal. Members of Odd Jobs and Such also rate and review each other after projects are completed. Users looking to hire other members for jobs and tasks can review the ratings and read the reviews prior to hiring someone. Members are required to have a verified PayPal account before bidding on ads. Although this is NOT the equivalent of a full background check and does not guarantee that a member doesnt have a criminal record it does provide a basic security check by authenticating essential information such as real name and legal address. Craigslist and other classified sites do not provide any form of security measures. Members are not required to use their PayPal account for any other purpose unless they want to.
By using the internal private messaging system members contact each other to place bids or gather more information. They do not have to give out their personal email to communicate with other members until they have decided to hire someone. They can choose to divulge their personal information when they want or need to.
We are hoping to stimulate the economy in our own small way by bringing work to the one man operations and the Mom and Pop shops, says webmaster Wendy Drennan.For job posters it is a great way to get your to do list done inexpensively or to complete those chores that you never seem to have time for. It is also a great way for people that are in between jobs to earn some extra cash doing what they enjoy doing.
Although the concept isnt new the service is new to the Central MA area. Other sites located in Boston and major cities charge a fee based on the final job bid. For example if you wanted drywall hung and the bid was $150.00 you could end up paying an additional $30 to $40 dollars on top of that. At Odd Jobs and Such you buy credits which allows you to place your ad. Ads cost 3 credits which is roughly $2.70 per ad. If you do not receive any bids on your job, your ad continues to run free until you do. Members can also earn free credits by inviting their friends to sign up. Right now new members receive their first two ads free.
Odd Jobs and Such, when you need something done or you need extra cash. Currently serving the Central MA area including: Lunenburg, Leominster, Groton, Pepperell, Townsend, Fitchburg, Shirley, Westford, Littleton and other nearby towns. More information is available on the web site at www.oddjobsandsuch.com
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